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Feb 10, 2007 10:40 AM

BonBon Chicken - Korean Fried Chicken

Went Friday during my Jury Duty lunch to the recently opened BonBon Chicken on Chambers b/w Broadway & Church St. I was actually on my way to Sophie's Cuban Cuisine but got distracted by a sign for Fried Chicken. Who wouldn't?


Very basic menu. And yes, all they have is Fried Chicken. Mainly chicken wings, that come with a size of a vinegar based Coleslaw and the most pathetic excuse for a roll. Really, crazy sad roll. But who cares when the chicken is so awesome!

So you choose the following:

(1) Size: Small=$6.95, Med=$11.95, and Large=$18.95.
(2) Wings only, Wings/Drumstick Combo, or Strips.
(3) Spice Level - Sweet (mild) or Spicy. I believe the Mild is a Garlic & Soy flavor.

On their menu they advertised Bell & Evans Chicken as an option, but the guy on the register said they didn't have it. Too bad. I would've loved to have that instead.

Thing is, there's a slight catch to it all. They clearly state you may have to wait up to 15 minutes for your order. With the promise that quality takes time, since they make food to order. But believe me, it was worth it!!!!

I chose a Medium, Wing & Drumstick Combo, Spicy, with a bottle of water. (They sell canned soda and water for $1 and Iced Tea for $2.) My bill was $14.03 including tax. Enough chicken for 3 people. Ended up giving some to people asking if the chicken was good. Small is more than enough for 1, maybe even 2.

The chicken was piping hot, golden, crispy and did I say DELICIOUS!!! Perfectly seasoned. Cisrpy! A nice spiciness to it. The side of coleslaw was nice and cooling, but nothing major. The roll. Don't ask.

I believe they're opened 7 days a week, starting around noon. Hope my trial takes 1 year so I can go back often. They deliver, which might be a good option for those that don't want to wait. Not sure if they take phone orders for pick-up, but if they do, it's worth a try to not have to sit and wait. Some seating is available. Gets busy during weekday lunch.

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  1. OH man youre making me hungry right now.

    1. I've eaten there twice since it opened. And I have to say your review is spot on. I'm gonna take your advice and try to order take out next time. I actually kinda liked the bun. But I can see how it might not be for everyone. Thanks for the review.

      1. Do they give you a small side dish of sliced radishes?? Or is it just chicken? Can't have korean chicken without the radishes!!

        1. No radishes, only coleslaw. And this is chicken you must have, even without the radishes. ;)

          Planning on hitting Bon Chon soon, where I believe they do have radishes.

          1. i had bon bon chicken for lunch today and it was great. arrived nice and warm at my office on wall street about 40 minutes after i called. i got the meduim mild combo which seems to have about 3-4 legs, 4 or so drumlets and 6 or so wings. nice amount. i'll have to find out if they will deliver me just a small order. the roll tastes like a challah roll, the cole slaw is pretty good, but the chicken is superb. nice and sweet and crunchy. the meat is still moist. i highly recommend it.